Concepts of urbanization and urbanity vary. This course examines key paradigms in past and present urban theory. Special emphasis will be placed on two questions: How urban theories grasp changing spatial dimensions of the urban realm and what kind of background melody can be discovered in conceptualizing ‘the’ city (and the non-city) as a scientific object of knowledge.
Building upon these theoretical foundations the second part of the course focuses on urbanity in Africa. It offers a number of selected group based projects (city portraits) to critically explore the explanatory value of quotidian urban theories discussed.
Final grades will be based on class participation and introductory talks (20%), class presentation of the city-projects (50%) and the written documentation of the presentation (30%)